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    As Ukraine Talks Open, Civilians Evacuate from Embattled Strategic Town
    Feb06

    As Ukraine Talks Open, Civilians Evacuate from Embattled Strategic Town

    Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels began evacuating civilians from a strategic town in eastern Ukraine Friday, as French and German leaders arrived in Moscow in an effort to replace a tattered cease-fire agreement. With fighting erupting in several places north, east and south of the regional commercial center of Donetsk, rebel forces have...

    Reporter’s Notebook: E. Ukraine Remains an Open Wound
    Feb06

    Reporter’s Notebook: E. Ukraine Remains an Open Wound

    Editor’s note: VOA’s London-based senior foreign correspondent, Al Pessin, spent six days in eastern Ukraine last week reporting on the Ukrainian military, frontline villages and towns, refugees and efforts to care for wounded troops. A thick layer of ice and a thin layer of snow cover much of eastern Ukraine. But it’s melting,...

    German, French Leaders Take Ukraine Peace Plan to Putin
    Feb06

    German, French Leaders Take Ukraine Peace Plan to Putin

    The leaders of Germany and France are due in Moscow Friday to present a new peace proposal aimed at ending an upsurge in fighting in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will present their proposal to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, a day after meeting in Kyiv...

    European, US Leaders in Diplomatic Push for Peace in Ukraine
    Feb06

    European, US Leaders in Diplomatic Push for Peace in Ukraine

    French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel went to the Ukrainian capital with a cease-fire proposal to end the violence in eastern Ukraine. Also in Kyiv, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for an “immediate commitment” to a cease-fire. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has more from NATO headquarters....

    Expert: Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would Embolden Putin
    Feb06

    Expert: Sending Weapons to Ukraine Would Embolden Putin

    As Western leaders step up their efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, one analyst says any peace deal must include the proviso that the Ukrainian government has to deal with separatist leaders. “As absolutely distasteful as that notion is – that these entities have come to existence through force, that...

    Under Siege, Ukraine Awaits Decision on Lethal Aid
    Feb05

    Under Siege, Ukraine Awaits Decision on Lethal Aid

    The Obama administration is considering whether to provide defensive weapons to Ukraine for its fight against Russian-backed rebels. The West has been providing only humanitarian aid and nonlethal military supplies. Along the former cease-fire line, Ukrainian troops are holding on but are outgunned and taking heavy casualties. From Papasna, less...

    US, Allies Could Split Over Supplying Weapons to Ukraine
    Feb05

    US, Allies Could Split Over Supplying Weapons to Ukraine

    Several European defense ministers spoke out on Thursday against sending weapons to the Ukrainian army, pointing to a potential transatlantic split if Washington decides to supply arms. The United States is considering whether to provide weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, although no decision has been made, senior...

    Ukraine’s Hryvnia Plunges After Foreign Currency Auctions Scrapped
    Feb05

    Ukraine’s Hryvnia Plunges After Foreign Currency Auctions Scrapped

    Ukraine’s hryvnia currency plunged about 30 percent against the dollar on Thursday, traders said, after the central bank abandoned the foreign currency auctions that had effectively pegged the exchange rate. The central bank scrapped the daily auctions, which had set an unofficial peg for banks to follow, and also raised its main interest...

    Kerry in Ukraine for Talks with Poroshenko
    Feb05

    Kerry in Ukraine for Talks with Poroshenko

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Kyiv for talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is making a fresh appeal for Western weapons to help fight pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Ahead of Kerry’s arrival, a senior State Department official announced the U.S. is providing Ukraine with an additional $16.4 million in...

    Nuclear Issues, Russia-Ukraine on NATO Ministers’ Agenda
    Feb05

    Nuclear Issues, Russia-Ukraine on NATO Ministers’ Agenda

    NATO defense ministers will meet Thursday in Brussels to discuss nuclear issues, the conflict in Ukraine and the threat of Russian aggression near NATO’s eastern border. Also on the agenda are Georgia’s aspirations to join the 28-member alliance. This will be the fifth defense ministers meeting for Chuck Hagel, who is making his final...

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